Family ministry has been a priority for churches since the 80’s but in the past 15 years there has been a new push for youth and kids ministries to be working together in sync with each other in a way that produces a cohesive strategy to equip and empower families like never before. When I started blogging 6 years ago there were only a handful of children’s pastors blogging. There were also a few youth pastor blogs as well. The desire I had for my blog at the beginning was to be to someone else what I wish I had when I started.
In the past 5 years there has been a huge shift toward staffing family ministry positions. That title means something different for each person using it for us here it refers to a single staff member responsible for all programing from birth through college. While there are not a ton of family ministry specific blogs out there yet, I thought it would be helpful to highlight some of the best of both the youth and children’s ministry blogosphere.
What I have done is compile a list of the Top 50 Family Ministry Blogs. While they may not all be written by someone in a family ministry position seeing a list of some of the best Kids and Youth ministry blogs out there will help anyone in the position of leading both ministries. This list is by no means comprehensive I realize that in the hours I took to create this list I may have missed a blog. Please forgive me and please let everyone know in the comment section.
I judged each blog by the following:
1. Alexia Rank – I found this through alexia’s site.
2. Social Media Shares of the Home page – With the demise of Google reader we lost the loyalty metric that the Google readership subscription provided. There is no much out there to duplicate that. In my research I found the site http://linktally.com/ which give the amount of shares via social media a particular page has received. As a way of trying to gauge loyalty I used the home page of everyone’s blog.
3. Open Site Explorer Homepage Root Domain Links and Open Site Explorer Total incoming Links help show how far of a reach a blog has. How many people look to a particular blog as having authority on any given subject. The more links back to the blog the more people are referring to the content within the blog. http://www.opensiteexplorer.org
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Hey Sam! Thanks for putting this together. Kenny’s listed on there twice. Is this because the internet isn’t big enough to house all his ideas? 🙂
Ha. Something like that let me check into it!
Actually was a typo. I copied the code with big kenny’s link in it. Should be all set thanks for the heads up.
Ha! If I can’t be number 1, I’ll just take as many other spots as I can… 🙂
aw, thanks sam. 🙂 And of all people, of course it was Kenny’s that was in twice. 😉
I think you added me out of pity… I should write some posts 🙂
Thanks for making this list Sam. Lots of great reading material here!
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Most of us in family ministry deal with the struggles of marriage, the pains of divorce, and the strain on the kids, parents, and church. No one tackles these issues better than Wayne Stocks at http://hope4hurtingkids.com/ formerly Divorce Ministry 4 Kids. Another person that addresses issues in the home, especially relating to teens, is Chris Schaffner who blogs at https://conversationsonthefringe.com/ These guys have huge hearts for bringing God to the center of each home.